Primordial Soup


Primordial soup

As a reward for making it all the way down to the end of this web site, here's a can of Primordial Soup. Just print it out, cut it out, and use double-sided cellophane tape to afix it to a soup can with the real label removed.

Primordial Soup label - 416kbyte JPEG fileJulian Chen

There's a story that goes with this. In late 1993, I was about to leave Norm Pace's lab (then at Indiana University) where I did my postdoc. I bought some of the cheapest generic tomato soup to be found, and converted these to "Primordial Soup" cans to give to each person in the lab at a going-away party. Everyone had a laugh . . . except Juinn-Liang Chen, who was a new grad student who had just arrived in the US. He had no idea what was going on and accepted the can thinking it was some inexplicable American custom. Later on, knowing no better, he opened the can, cooked the soup, and ate it. Some years later he finished his Ph.D. and went on to work on telomerase, and now runs his own lab at the University of Arizona. But to this day, he is. . . Juinn-Liang Chen, the man who ate the primordial soup!